About us

Urban Stage was founded in 2003 by professional actors Simeon Truby and Helen Kay. We offer students the opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence through the performing arts. At Urban Stage the emphasis is on performance, with all students having the opportunity to work with and learn from highly experienced and dedicated professional performers. Our live theatre performances are not only entertaining for students and audiences, but are also an invaluable learning experience that helps greatly with confidence, creativity and team working skills. Classes are a mixture of acting, dancing, singing, improvisation and drama games. Students also learn other theatrical skills such as mime, stage combat, character study and vocal technique, then are given the opportunity to put these skills into practice through regular live performances. Working with like minded individuals in a theatrical environment is a fantastic way of breaking down barriers, gaining confidence, meeting new people and having a lot of fun in the process.

The Team

Helen

kay

Principal

Trained: 

Guilford School of

Acting

 

Professional Theatre:
Londons West End, Bolton Octagon, Theatre by the Lake, Oldham Coliseum, Royal Exchange, York Theatre Royal, West Yorkshire Playhouse, No 1 Tours

 

TV & Film:

Prey & Prey II, Hollyoaks, Lunch Monkeys, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Doctors, Cold Feet, The Royal Today, Magnificent 7, Real Men, Shameless, The Syndicate 

Simeon

truby

Principal

Trained:

Welsh College of Music & Drama
 

Professional Theatre:
Londons West End, RSC, Royal National Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Bolton Octagon, Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre by the Lake, Library Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, New Vic Theatre, No 1 Tours
 

TV & Film: 

Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Touch of Frost, The Street, The Royal, Island at War

Rachael

Mcguinness

South Manchester Head

Trained:

BA Honours in Drama and English at Hull University and post graduate at LIPA
 

Professional Theatre:

Library Theatre, Ape Theatre Company, Manchester Actors Company, JB Shorts, Real Life Theatre Company, No 1 Tours
 

TV & Film:

Coronation Street, Doctors, Emmerdale, Being Eileen

Other Staff

Justine Bailey

Trained: 

Arden School of Acting

 

Professional Theatre:

Oldham Coliseum, The Lowry,

Liverpool Everyman, Page 2 Stage productions, S4K, Pendle Productions

 

TV & Film:

Outsider, Fiddles Cheats & Scams, Premonition, Gate Crash, Sweet Revenge

 

 

Barbara Hockaday

Trained: 

Brunel University

 

Professional Theatre:

Home Manchester, Bolton Octagon, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, Nothern Broadsides, Ipswich Wolsey, Theatre Clwyd, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck, Queens Theatre Hornchurch

 

TV & Film:

You Get Me

Sarah Groake

Trained:

Bristol Old Vic

 

Professional Theatre:

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, Library Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Harrogate Theatre, Tobacco Factory, New Vic, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre By The Lake. 

 

TV & Film:

Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Death By Home, A Quiet Night In, The Shadow of the Vampire 

Zariah Bailey

Trained: 

Man Met School of Acting

 

Professional Theatre:

Birmingham Rep, Unity Theatre, St Helens Royal, Soho Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Maritime Museum, The Lowry Theatre, Demi Paradise Productions, Zion Arts Centre, The Library Theatre, The Lass O Gowrie, Contact Theatre 

 

TV & Film:

Coronation Street, Ordinary Lies, Prey, The Syndicate

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